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Ullrich DNA to be compared to blood in Spain

BERLIN -- German authorities secured samples of former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich's DNA when they raided his Swiss residence Wednesday, according to a report released Thursday.

Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung said in an advance release of its Friday edition that authorities plan to compare the German rider's DNA with frozen blood seized at a Madrid clinic as part of a doping investigation that forced Ullrich and eight other riders to withdraw from this year's Tour.

Authorities could not immediately be reached to comment on the report.

On Thursday, Germany's Federal Crime Office said Ullrich's main residence in Switzerland and nine other homes and offices were searched as part of a fraud investigation by Bonn prosecutors in connection with a Spanish doping probe linked to doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.

Ullrich was not at home during the raid. He said on his Web site that the raid had interrupted his honeymoon and forced him to return to his home in the town of Scherzingen, just south of the German border on Lake Constance.

"My wife and I are deeply hurt by the raid and confiscation
of items," Ullrich wrote.

"Because of this we have interrupted our honeymoon and
driven home. My attorneys are now looking into the case with
state prosecutors in Bonn."

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Friday that
authorities had obtained items containing Ullrich's DNA in the
raid.

Five people in Spain -- including Fuentes and another doctor, Jose Merino Batres -- were arrested and charged in May when police seized drugs and frozen blood at a Madrid clinic. The samples were thought to have been prepared for performance-enhancing transfusions.

Spanish Civil Guard found over 100 bags of frozen blood in
raid on addresses in Madrid and Zaragoza, two of which bore the
label "hijo de Rudicio" (son of Rudicio), which is believed to
refer a rider under the supervision of former T-Mobile sporting
director Rudy Pevenage.

"The judge in charge of the case is prepared to sent the
state prosecutors in Bonn a sample of blood," court spokeswoman
Elisa Beni Uzabal was quoted as saying in daily Sport on
Friday.

German officials are investigating if cyclists, who were not identified, received payments they would not have if their sponsors had known about the suspected doping.

The German probe is based on the Spanish investigation of riders suspected of doping.

A Spanish Civil Guard police report on the investigation cited more than 50 cyclists. Nine riders, including Ullrich, Ivan Basso and Francisco Mancebo, were forced to withdraw before the start of this year's Tour de France.

Ullrich, who won the 1997 Tour de France, was fired by T-Mobile. He has denied any wrongdoing and has declined to take a DNA test.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.